Wednesday, July 3, 2024

IWSG: Tools of the Trade

It's Insecure Writers Support Group Day! If you'd like to participate in this monthly blogging event, GO HERE to sign up. 

Thanks to our host Alex Cavanaugh and this month's co-hosts, JS Pailly, Rebecca Douglass, Pat Garcia, Louise-Fundy Blue, and Natalie Aguirre! for their many efforts on our behalf. 

This month's optional question is: What are your favorite writing processing (e.g. Word, Scrivener, yWriter, Dabble), writing apps, software, and tools? Why do you recommend them? And which one is your all time favorite that you cannot live without and use daily or at least whenever you write?

I write in Word, use ProWritingAid for editing, and Atticus for formatting. 

Word: This program is universal and integrates well with these programs in my experience. Plus, my daughter put me on their family sharing program so it's free to me. As an aside, I used to do my formatting of both digital and print books in Word when I first started. I don't recommend it. LOL. Diane Wolfe at Spunk on a Stick does a great job and is very affordable if you need formatting but don't want to buy the software. 

ProWritingAidPWA is downloaded onto my laptop and is linked to Word. It automatically underlines potential problem areas with a handy note in the sidebar as to why they've highlighted the word or sentence. I can run reports for things such as glue/sticky words (if, had, the, with, went, just, could, for, etc.), grammar, overused words, readability, sentence length, etc. It also offers suggestions for passive sentences. There really isn't a learning curve with this program. Just download and go. 

Atticus: I have the ability to format both digital and print books in both Windows and Mac. I can upload my Word document directly into Atticus, and it makes the table of contents, title page, copyright page, and front and back matter pages, etc. There is a bit of a learning curve. I just (see that glue word there? LOL) went (another glue word) to YouTube and watched their how-to videos. The Atticus video people are very thorough and organized. 

Plottr: I have it but haven't used it yet. 

For ProWritingAid and Atticus I bought the lifetime membership because I really dislike having an automatic withdrawal from my bank account every month. You can watch for specials (especially ProWritingAid) and they both have a free trial period if you want to test them first. 

What software programs and 

tools do you use? 

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

IWSG: No Post Today


It's the first Wednesday of the month which means it's Insecure Writer's Support Group day! If you'd like to join, go HERE

I'm feeling under the weather, so I don't have a post today. But please consider stopping by to visit our host Alex Cavanaugh, and this month's co-hosts, Liza at Middle Passages, Shannon Lawrence, Melissa Maygrove, and Olga Godim!


Wednesday, May 1, 2024

IWSG: All the World's a Distraction


It's Insecure Writer's Support Group Day! If you'd like to join, go HERE

Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh and his band of jolly co-hosts for the month:  Victoria Marie Lees, Kim Lajevardi, Nancy Gideon, and Cathrina Constantine! who are making this event happen. 

Today's optional question: How do you deal with distractions when you are writing? Do they derail you? 

Answer: As long as I have a goal, i.e., a daily word count, I do okay. My best friend recently told me that I'm goal oriented. I guess I hadn't really realized it. Sometimes I think she knows me better than I know myself. That's what comes from fifty years of friendship. LOL. 

Since all the world is a distraction right now, 
what do you do to stay focused? 

P.S. Life is a struggle right now. Remember to be kind to yourself. You deserve it!